Clarence Dixon, who lived in Tulsa most of his life, anchored the famous Ernie Fields Band for decades as its drummer. Dixon moved from Texas to Tulsa with his family when he was in elementary school, and was a drummer for his high school marching band. His discipline and mastery of the drums earned him a music scholarship from Xavier University in New Orleans, and later, an offer to play with the Ernie Fields Orchestra, which he joined in 1931. He played with Fields’ orchestra for 16 years, which traveled as far as Florida, as far west as Los Angeles, and to many of the nation’s major venues – the Apollo Theatre in New York City, and cities including Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Detroit and Chicago.
Dixon was voted the # 2 drummer in the Down Beat Magazine Poll in 1940. This acknowledgment of his talents made him much sought-after by other bands, but he remained with the Ernie Fields Orchestra.